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Classroom disruption is behavior a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with faculty’s ability to teach or student’s right to learn. Disruptive behavior may sometimes threaten or endanger your physical or psychological well-being or safety, or that of
others. Disruptive behavior can assume many forms, including but not limited to:
  • Persistent late arrival or departure that disrupts the flow of class. 
  • Repeated cell phone use. 
  • Talking out of place during class. 
  • Loud and/or frequent interruption of class flow with inappropriate questions or remarks. 
  • Persistent contact outside of class that hampers your ability to do normal work or assist other students. 
  • Belligerent behavior once confronted. 
  • Verbal and/or physical threats. 
  • Threatening emails, letters, or voicemails. 
  • Inappropriate contact at your home. 
  • Any behavior indicating a romantic or obsessive interest.

Levels of Disruptive Behavior:

For the purposes of these guidelines, disruptive and threatening behavior has been categorized into three different levels:  

  1. The first level encompasses any situation that can be handled informally between you and the student, leading to a prompt resolution. 
  2. The second level involves an ongoing problem or a more serious incident in the classroom. In these situations, you are encouraged to consult with the Dean of Students or the Center for Community Standards. If necessary, the Dean or a representative will assist you in evaluating and resolving the situation. 
  3. The third level, and most serious, is when there is an immediate danger. If this occurs, you should call 911 immediately.